Munster Vocational Schools’ JAFC final – Boherbue CS 1-9 Clonakilty CC 0-10

Brave Boherbue battle back to deny Clon at the death

Boherbue CS 1-9 Clonakilty CC 0-10

By Brian Canty from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clonakilty CC will wake up this morning wondering how on earth they contrived to lose this Munster Vocational Schools’ JAFC final played in perfect conditions at Kilmurry yesterday after they coughed up a six-point half-time advantage to lose by two. Nothing seemed to be going the way of the Boherbue students in the opening half and as well as squandering two brilliant goal chances before the interval, they were on their fourth free-taker by the 22nd minute after a succession of players wasted 25-yard ‘gimmes’.

Despite those setbacks, they recovered in commendable fashion to eke out a narrow win that was testimony to their never-say-die-attitude. For they had been torn asunder in the early stages as Clon played a brand of football that was as easy on the eye as it was effective and by the quarter hour they looked well on their way – chiefly due to the brilliance of tormentor-in-chief Jack O’Mahony.

O’Mahony helped himself to five points as his side scorched into a 0-7 points to 0-1 lead but that advantage could have been halved had the unmarked Shane Breen found the net on the 30 minute mark when presented with the seemingly simple chance of beating Niall McCarthy from eight yards out.

If the opening half was illuminated by O’Mahony, the second half belonged to Billy O’Gorman and Adrian Murphy for Boherbue. Murphy was shifted from full-back to the attack in an effort to get them motoring and by the finish he had three points to his name. O’Gorman scored the crucial goal on 52 minutes when he took a short 45 to Murphy, took a return pass at pace and drilled low to the bottom corner to reduce the deficit to the minimum, 0-10 to 1-6. Andrew O’Connor and Murphy edged them in front for the first time on 58 minutes before O’Gorman wrapped it up with a 45 on the stroke of full-time.

Scorers for Boherbue CS: B O’Gorman 1-2 (0-1 45), A Murphy 0-3 (0-1f), T O’Sullivan, A O’Connor (2fs) 0-2 each.

Scorers for Clonakilty CC: J O’Mahony 0-8 (5fs), JP Maughan, J Clancy 0-1 each.

BOHERBUE CS: A Casey; G Downey, A Murphy, R Tarrant; P O’Keeffe, P Sheehan, D O’Keeffe; T O’Sullivan, B O’Gorman; S Breen, K Cremin, S Ahern; M O’Connor, A O’Connor, J Forrest.

Subs: D O’Sullivan for S Breen (ht), S Carroll for G Downey (42), A Carroll for M O’Connor (44), S Brosnan for P O’Keeffe (49).

CLONAKILTY CC: N McCarthy; M Lynch, S Condon, J Sheehan; D McCullagh, C O’Donovan, D O’Brien; C Nyhan, C Crowley; D O’Gorman, J O’Mahony, M Crowley; E Ryan, JP Maughan, J Clancy.

Subs: E Deasy for J Sheehan (inj. 25), J Sheehan for M Lynch (40), P O’Regan for J Forrest (50).

Referee: Dave McCarthy (Kilmurry)

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Donegal 1-7 Cork 0-6

Murphy return gives Donegal fresh impetus

Report from the Irish Indepdendent newspaper

Donegal secured got their first points of the campaign with a gritty display against Cork in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. The return of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden boosted the home side, with Murphy firing in a blistering goal after just 12 seconds. The big full-forward, who had groin surgery in January, fielded a Karl Lacey centre to turn and blast to the net. The home side dominated the early stages but failed to stamp their authority on the scoreboard and by half-time they had added just two more points, those coming late in the half, to lead by 1-2 to 0-4.

Colm O’Neill marked his return to the Cork colours with a good score; the two Donegal points came from a Murphy free and Frank McGlynn, while Aidan Walsh and Donncha O’Connor were among the Cork scorers. Walsh had made the journey to Donegal after playing in the Fitzgibbon Cup final on Saturday, and he registered Cork’s first point. “It’s been a while coming. I thought we were very deserving winners,” said Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher. “In the second half I thought there was only one team in it and but for poor finishing, we would have won easier. “Cork were a bit shell-shocked by the opening goal and we should have added a few more points but they were still in it at half-time. They took their chances much better than us,” added Gallagher, who felt that Cork were dominant for a period of the start of the second half.

Paddy Kelly was very influential in that period. He had the sides level inside three minutes and O’Neill had Cork ahead a minute later from a free. But the Rebels were unable to raise another flag for the rest of the game, a full 33 minutes, so they can have little complaint with the final outcome. Donegal’s inability to transfer possession into scores became worrying and they also had to pull Murphy out around midfield to gain parity in that area. But it was Murphy who levelled on 47 minutes with the point of the game with his left boot, and McFadden was denied a goal a few minutes later. But once Murphy put them back in front from a ’45, they never looked back with McFadden, Lacey and newcomer Martin O’Reilly pushing them clear. “It was very disappointing,” said Cork manager Conor Counihan. “There was a stage in the second half there where we got a point ahead and it might’ve been there for the taking but in fairness to Donegal they shut us down well.”

Man of the Match: M Murphy (Donegal)

Scorers — Donegal: M Murphy 1-3 (1f, 1 ’45’), F McGlynn, K Lacey, C McFadden, M O’Reilly 0-1 each. Cork: D O’Connor 0-2, A Walsh, C O’Neill, M Collins and P Kelly 0-1 each

Donegal — P Durcan 7; F McGlynn 6, N McGee 7, P McGrath 6; E McGee 5, K Lacey 7, L McLoone 5; R Kavanagh 7, N Gallagher 7; M McHugh 6, R Bradley 6, C Toye 5; D Walsh 5, M Murphy 8, C McFadden 5. Subs: P McBrearty 5 and A Thompson 5 for Toye and E McGee (34), M O’Reilly 6 for Walsh (45), D McLaughlin 5 for Bradley (52).

Cork — K O’Halloran 7; R Carey 5, E O’Mahony 6, E Cotter 6; N O’Leary 6, G Canty 6, P Kissane 7; A Walsh 7, F Goold 5; P Kerrigan 5, M Collins 6, P Kelly 7; C O’Neill 6, D O’Connor 6, B O’Driscoll 5. Subs: L Shorten 5 for O’Driscoll (61), J Fitzpatrick 5 for Goold (61), D O’Sullivan 4 for O’Neill (63).

Ref — P O’Sullivan (Kerry).


Murphy puts boot in Cork

Donegal 1-07 Cork 0-06

By Alan Foley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The importance of Michael Murphy to Donegal’s cause was displayed in devastating fashion within 12 seconds of the first whistle in Ballybofey yesterday. The Donegal captain was making his first county appearance of the year having recovered from a groin operation and within moments of the throw-in out-jumped full-back Eoin O’Mahony from Karl Lacey’s ball before thumping past Ken O’Halloran for a lightning fast opening goal. And although Cork came back from that initial setback to get their noses in front in the opening stages of the second half, the hosts finished impressively to seal a four-point win, and their first win of the campaign after defeats to both Down and Laois.

Whether it be post or pre-match, Donegal boss Jim McGuinness had made constant reference to the defence of the Ulster championship, which gets underway at Breffni Park against Cavan in just 10 weeks time. As well as Murphy, experienced campaigners like Colm McFadden and Christy Toye were taking part in league football for the first time this season. Both were rusty although McGuinness admitted he was delighted to get them some game time. “One of the key things for us today was to get the boys back on the pitch and we did that,” the Donegal manager said. There were a lot of mistakes but to win the game in that situation is a bonus. It’s good to get up and running and it gives us some hope. It was nice to see Michael Murphy hit the back of the net, from his own point of view as well as ours.”

Despite the whirlwind opening, the first half petered out and, in terms of scoring at least, was pretty uneventful. Aidan Walsh, who had played in Saturday’s cliffhanger of a Fitzgibbon Cup final for Cork IT and made his way to the north-west with team physio Colin Lane, got Cork’s first point. The Kanturk midfielder was promoted from the bench prior to throw-in as Alan O’Connor was ruled out with a back injury.

It took the hosts 25 long minutes before adding a second point, from the unlikeliest of sources in corner-back Frank McGlynn. But it was Cork who finished the half stronger as points from Donncha O’Connor and Mark Collins point left just one between them — a Murphy score — at the interval, 1-2 to 0-4. The visitors started the second half strongly too and considering Cork scored 1-27 the last time the sides met — the 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final — locals were concerned.

Patrick Kelly and Colm O’Neill, making his first appearance in the league since his cruciate problems of last season, scored a welcome point. However, just when it looked like Cork were about to kick on and post a second win from three outings this term they chugged to a halt, failing to score in the final 29 minutes of the contest. From then on, Donegal seized their opportunity. Murphy’s role wasn’t as far forward as some might’ve liked but he slung over a useful 45 before three further scores swung the balance of power in favour of the Ulster champions with McFadden, Lacey and local boy Martin O’Reilly sealing the deal.

“It was very disappointing,” Cork manager Conor Counihan said afterwards. “There was a stage in the second half where we got a point ahead and it might’ve been there for the taking but in fairness to Donegal they shut us down well. There was an opportunity there, though, but we didn’t take it. We were very anxious to win today and we’re not going to hide that but we’ll have to just get on with it next week away to Laois.”

Scorers for Donegal: M Murphy 1-3 (1f, ‘45’), F McGlynn, K Lacey, C McFadden, M O’Reilly (0-1) Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor (0-2) A Walsh, C O’Neill, M Collins and P Kelly (0-1 each)

Subs for Donegal: P McBrearty and A Thompson for Toye and E McGee (31), M O’Reilly for Walsh (44), D McLaughlin for Bradley (51).

Subs for Cork: L Shorten and J Fitzpatrick for O’Driscoll and Goold (60), D O’Sullivan for O’Neill (62)

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 4-7 Wicklow 1-12

Ferncombe leads Waterford charge

Waterford 4-07 Wicklow 1-12

By Mark Kennedy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford kept their hopes of making a quick-return to Division 3 alive with this four-point win at Aughrim. Wicklow were struggling after just 15 minutes when they were being hit by a brilliant hat-trick from Waterford’s corner-forward Mark Ferncombe. Before being substituted, Wicklow’s corner-back Jason Bolger had a nightmare trying to police Ferncombe who applied the clinical finish to a move involving Shane Ahearne and lively Gary Hurney for his opening goal.

By the 15th minute he had completed his hat-trick and they led 3-6 to 0-5 at the break. When Shane Ahearne punched to the net the contest was over.

Scorers for Waterford: Mark Ferncombe 3-0, Shane Ahearne 1-0, Patrick Hurney 0-3, Sean Fleming 0-2, Gary Hurney (1f), Conor McGrath 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: Leighton Glynn 1-3 (1 pen, 1f), Seanie Furlong 0-5 (3fs), Austin O’Malley 0-2, James Stafford, Peadar Burke 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: K Cotter; K Connery, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; T Grey, E Walsh, W Hennessy; S O’Hare, S Ahearne; C O’Keeffe, C McGrath, P Hurney; S Fleming, G Hurney, M Ferncombe.

Subs: T. O’Gorman for O’Keeffe, J Veale for McGrath, JJ Hutchinson for Ahearne, A Brophy for Fleming, T Ó hUallacháin for P Hurney.

WICKLOW: M Travers; C Hyland, A McLoughlin, J Bolger; P Cunningham, R Finn, A Byrne; J Stafford, A Merriman; J Kelly, A O’Malley, D Hayden; D O’Sullivan, S Furlong, L Glynn.

Subs: N Gaffney for Bolger, N Mernagh for Hayden, M McLoughlin for Cunningham, P Burke for Kelly, T Hannon for O’Malley.

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-9

Battling Banner end Limerick’s run

Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-09

By Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare recorded their second league win in Division 4 of the Allianz FL at Cusack Park, Ennis yesterday, denying Limerick a third victory in this year’s campaign. A single point separated the sides at the end of a game that the home-side dominated for the most part. But a tally of 15 wides by Clare kept the Shannonsiders hopes alive until the death. The Banner led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break and in a tight second period they held out thanks to vital scores by talisman David Tubridy, Gary Brennan and the impressive centre-forward Shane McGrath. Limerick will rue an early scoring chance when Ian Ryan, from a 20-metre free failed to find the target.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-5fs, S McGrath 0-2, Graham Kelly, G Quinlan, G Brennan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-5 (4fs), G Collins 0-2, P Ranahan, S Kelly 0-1 each.

CLARE: Joe Hayes; B Hartnett, S McNeilis, L Healy; M McMahon, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; Graham Kelly, D Tubridy, R Donnelly; M O’Shea, S McGrath, A Clohessy (capt).

Subs: S Brennan for Graham Kelly (45), T Ryan for Donnelly (57).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; L O’Dwyer, J McCarthy, S Lavin; J Riordan, S Lucey, P Ranahan; S Buckley, B Fitzpatrick; J Cooke, E O’Connor, J O’Meara; G Collins (capt), S O’Carroll, I Ryan.

Subs: S Kelly for O’Meara (ht), E Barry for Lucey (48), I Corbett for Cooke (57), G O’Connell for O’Carroll (62).

Referee: B Tyrell (Tipperary)



All Ireland Senior Camogie Club Final – Oulart-the-Ballagh (Wexford) 3-13 Drom & Inch (Tipperary) 0-5

Oulart-The Ballagh win club camogie final

Report from the Irish Examiner web site

Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford) 3-13 Drom & Inch (Tipperary) 0-5

The Wexford stranglehold on camogie tightened further as Oulart-The Ballagh strolled to victory to claim the All-Ireland senior club title in comprehensive fashion at Croke Park. Powered by the Leacy sisters, Úna and Mary, Ursula Jacob, Aideen Brennan, Stacey Kehoe and the outstanding Stacey Redmond, Oulart were much too powerful for a Drom/Inch outfit that failed to score in the first half. To give the Tipperary gang their due credit, they never stopped trying, with Joanne Ryan and Michelle Shortt giving all that they had, but their efforts were fruitless against a team of such power, experience and talent.

The early exchanges were scrappy enough as the teams struggled to cope with the conditions. A pre-match shower of hailstones made handling difficult but Oulart gradually imposed themselves. Drom/Inch goalie, Rosie Kenneally was called upon to be very brave when throwing her body in front of a Stacey Kehoe shot. Jacob got the scoring under way after being placed cleverly by Louise Sinnott and though Niamh Harkin was brilliantly hooked at the other end by Ciara Storey, that was to be a very rare attacking foray by the Munster champions. Kehoe had capitalised on more good work by Sinnott by the time Brennan poked the sliotar to an empty net in the 15th minute, after team captain, Una Leacy had drawn two defenders and Kenneally. Jacob and Kehoe slotted two more points before Una Leacy finished brilliantly to the net nine minutes later.

It was 2-6 to 0-0 at half time, with the closest Drom/Inch coming to breaking their drought when Harkin’s rasping shot for goal ricocheted off the upright just before the interval. Hopes of a comeback were summarily dispatched by Oulart, who carried on as they had left off and opened up an 18-point margin by the 40th minute. Brennan notched up her second goal despite a valiant attempt by Kenneally to stop her shot. Catriona Shortt finally landed Drom/Inch’s first point from a 43rd minute free and it marked a slight upsurge in fortunes.

Former Tipperary captain, Geraldine Kinane took a pass from Harkin to send a crisp shot over the bar and the industrious Ryan landed her side’s third successive point. Mary Looby and Shortt also shot points before the end but there was never any doubt about the destination of the Bill Carroll Cup, Brennan, Jacob and Kehoe all raising white flags before the final whistle sparked delirious celebrations in the Oulart camp.

Scorers – Oulart-The Ballagh: A Brennan 2-2; U Jacob 0-7(2fs); Stacey Kehoe 0-3; U Leacy 1-0; L Sinnott 0-1

Drom/Inch: C Shortt 0-2(1f, 1 45); G Kinane, J Ryan, M Looby 0-1 each

Oulart-The Ballagh: H Jacob; C Atkinson, C Storey, K Atkinson; S Redmond, M Leacy, S Sinnott; D Ryan, Shelley Kehoe; T Stamp, U Jacob, L Sinnott; A Brennan, U Jacob, Stacey Kehoe. Sub: Sharon Kehoe for L Sinnott (53); A O’Connor for U Leacy inj (56); K Dunne for Stamp (58); E Moran for Brennan (58); D Kirwan for K Atkinson (59)

Drom/Inch: R Kenneally; P McGrath, L Bourke, N Connolly; N Harrington, M Shortt, T Shortt; S Bourke, J Ryan; G Kinane, A Kennedy, E Shanahan; C Shortt, N Harkin, M Looby. Subs: A Eviston for Kennedy (25); A McGrath for Shanahan (43); M Barry for T Shortt (43); D Dunne for Harrington (53); S Corcoran for C Shortt (60)

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)


Oulart too strong for Tipp girls

Oulart-The Ballagh (Wexford) 3-13 Drom & Inch (Tipperary) 0-05

By Daragh Ó Coinchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wexford’s grip on camogie shows no signs of diminishing as Oulart-The Ballagh claimed the All-Ireland Clunb senior title at Croke Park yesterday. Powered by the Leacy sisters, Úna and Mary, Ursula Jacob, Aideen Brennan, Stacey Kehoe and the outstanding Stacey Redmond, Oulart were far too powerful for Drom/Inch. Goals from Brennan and Úna Leacy had the Leinster champions 2-6 to 0-0 clear at half-time and the Wexford girls had opened an 18-point margin by the 40th minute when Brennan netted a second goal. Meanwhile Eoghan Rua (Derry) retained their All-Ireland Club intermediate club title with victory over Ardrahan (Galway) (2-8 to 0-12) at Croke Park.

Scorers for Oulart-The Ballagh: A Brennan 2-2; U Jacob 0-7(2fs); Stacey Kehoe 0-3; U Leacy 1-0; L Sinnott 0-1

Scorers for Drom/Inch: C Shortt 0-2(1f, 1 45); G Kinane, J Ryan, M Looby 0-1 each

OULART-THE BALLAGH: H Jacob; C Atkinson, C Storey, K Atkinson; S Redmond, M Leacy, S Sinnott; D Ryan, Shelley Kehoe; T Stamp, U Jacob, L Sinnott; A Brennan, U Jacob, Stacey Kehoe.

Subs: Sharon Kehoe for L Sinnott (53); A O’Connor for U Leacy inj (56); K Dunne for Stamp (58); E Moran for Brennan (58); D Kirwan for K Atkinson (59)

DROM/INCH: R Kenneally; P McGrath, L Bourke, N Connolly; N Harrington, M Shortt, T Shortt; S Bourke, J Ryan; G Kinane, A Kennedy, E Shanahan; C Shortt, N Harkin, M Looby.

Subs: A Eviston for Kennedy (25); A McGrath for Shanahan (43); M Barry for T Shortt (43); D Dunne for Harrington (53); S Corcoran for C Shortt (60)

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)

Stage set for All Ireland Camogie Club Finals

Senior finalists from left to right Una Leacy, Oulart the Ballagh and Mary Looby, Drom/Inch with Intermediate finalists Aileen Moore, Eoghan Rua and Aoife Lynskey, ArdrahanRepresentatives of this year’s club finalists gathered at Croke Park in advance of Sunday’s (March 4th) double header All Ireland finals fixture at GAA HQ.

Oulart the Ballagh face Drom/Inch in the senior decider at 3.00pm and at 1.00pm defending Intermediate champions Eoghan Rua play Ardrahan.

A number of established inter-county players, such as the Leacy sisters, Una and Mary, Ursula Jacob (Oulart-the Ballagh, Wexford) and Joanne Ryan of Drom/Inch will also be aiming to add an elusive All Ireland club title to their playing honours on Sunday.

Speaking at this afternoon’s photocall President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn said:

“We are delighted to be back in Croke Park for this year’s All Ireland Club Finals as the venue adds extra prestige to a momentous sporting occasion.

The opportunity of winning an All Ireland club title is something that all club camogie players aspire to. An All Ireland title at any grade is a huge honour, but a club All Ireland title is extra special because it is at club level where a player’s camogie career begins, where lifelong friendships are formed and where lasting bonds are created.

Clubs are an integral part of rural and urban communities and in many cases are the epicentres of activity in the area. Sunday’s double header finals will be a huge celebration of sport and also a demonstration of true community spirit in action as supporters rally to the cause.”

Wexford side Oulart the Ballagh recorded a convincing win over Antrim champions Loughgiel to book their final spot while a highly rated Drom/Inch side reached this year’s encounter following a superb win over champions Killimor in a re-fixed All Ireland semi-final on February 12th.

Defending Intermediate champions Eoghan Rua will be hoping to complete memorable back-to-back All Ireland wins but face a formidable challenge in Ardrahan, who defeated a strong Lismore side to reach this year’s decider.

This is the second year that the All Ireland Camogie Club Finals are taking place in Croke Park. The finals returned to the Dublin venue after a break of almost 40 years in 2011.

This year’s final also marks the return of Cáman & Run, a solo and handpass relay race in which four representatives from senior and junior schools compete at half time. In addition the All Ireland Junior club champions, Inagh will be honoured as well as the Volunteer of the Year Award recipients.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-14 Down 0-8

Young guns step up for O’Connor

Down 0-08 Kerry 0-14

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

As the clock whittled down in the dying minutes of normal time, Kieran Donaghy suddenly stopped with ball in hand short of the halfway line in front of the Páirc Esler stand. After what seemed like an eternity and with no opposing player attempting to tackle, he turned his back to the Down goal and eventually hand-passed the ball to a team-mate. The home crowd were incensed with what they interpreted as an act of showmanship by the former Footballer of the Year. It wasn’t that but such was the ease with which Kerry played keep-ball at the end of this game that Donaghy could afford to take his time.

Yes, for what is believed to be a first ever win in Down, it was pretty nonchalant stuff but Kerry were never in any trouble of not breaking that duck. Down will rue their seven first-half wides when they had the wind but Kerry’s performance was an accomplished one and light years away from what transpired in Tralee last month. With Barry John Keane taking full advantage of a start at the expense of Darran O’Sullivan, injured in training on Thursday, and Declan O’Sullivan and Bryan Sheehan pulling the strings, Kerry looked comfortable throughout. Here, there was no hint of complacency as there was against Armagh. Donaghy’s switch to half-forward line will need more time but the young breed, from Keane to Peter Crowley, didn’t do their causes any harm.

Admitting his “fellas dropped their guard a small bit against Armagh”, Jack O’Connor was happy with the response, which was characterised by a zeal in restricting Down in possession. “We weren’t happy with the way we played against Armagh, we were very disappointed so above everything else we wanted to put in a performance, up our attitude and our work-rate and I think we achieved that,” he said.

Kerry led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break with three from Keane and extended their lead to five by the 50th minute, when O’Sullivan pointed their fourth score in the space of three minutes. A brace from Mark Poland, one from play and a free, brought the margin down to three but Down didn’t score for the final 20 minutes. The last point of the game went to Keane, his fourth of the day. Like he did after the Dublin game, O’Connor praised the Kerins O’Rahillys man and his fellow greener colleagues.

“I’m very happy with the young fellas,” he said. “Barry John Keane wasn’t even meant to start the game but came out of it with four great scores, including three into the wind in the first half. “We used five subs and we still have a fair share of fellas to come back — Tomás [Ó Sé], Darran O’Sullivan, Donncha Walsh, Kieran O’Leary, so we’re hoping by the end of the league we’ll have a right strong panel.” O’Connor declined to mention Tom O’Sullivan in that group — “Tom is taking an extended break. It might keep extending, I’m not quite sure,” he revealed.

The most remarkable incident of the game befell Down when referee Damien Brazil incorrectly sent off Conor Laverty for a second yellow card when it was only his first suchoffence. With the player and his management remonstrating to linesman Derek Fahey and the fourth official, Brazil eventually realised his error of judgement and allowed Laverty to play on. Down though, did have a man sent to the line for two definite yellow card offences in the 63rd minute when Conor Garvey was dismissed. Down boss McCartan spent almost 40 minutes on the pitch with his management team afterwards. He’d plenty to think about it.

As he said: “I wouldn’t be critical of too many of the performances of the Down players. I’d be happy with them. Division 1 is a cruel place. There is nobody going to hand out points. “We knew this was the end of the table we were most likely going to be looking at. Everyone is scrapping for it.”

Scorers for Down: M Poland 0-4 (2f), D Gordon 0-2, D Hughes, A McConville (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (4f, 1 45), BJ Keane 0-4, D O’Sullivan 0-3, P Curtin 0-1.

Subs for Down: G McCartan for Costello (33); A Rogers for Turley and E McCartan for Maginn (both 51); A Carr for McConville (60); K McKernan for King (62).

Subs for Kerry: D O’Callaghan for Curtin, E Brosnan for O’Mahony (both 58); M Geaney for O’Donoghue (69); S Scanlon for Maher, J Lyne for McGuire (both 72).

Referee: Damien Brazil (Offaly)

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Wexford 2-20 Tipperary 1-8

Wexford record facile 15-point win over Tipperary despite late double dismissal

Wexford 2-20 Tipperary 1-08

By Brendan Furlong for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Wexford handed Tipperary a 15-point mauling in this Allianz Division 3 NFL ame at Wexford Park yesterday. The game was dominated by a card happy referee Brian O’Shea who issued 14 yellow cards. Wexford finished the game with 13 players having Paddy Byrne straight red carded on 60 minutes, and David Murphy on a second yellow three minutes later. Wexford dominated this game despite having fallen 1-1 to 0-1 after just five minutes, with Peter Acheson goaling for the visitors after just four minutes.

Playing with the wind, Wexford took the lead four minutes later, when Red Barry fired superbly to the net, and with Ben Brosnan, PJ Banville and Ciaran Lyng pointing, they went on to build an interval lead of 1-12 to 1-5. It mattered little that Wexford played into the wind in the second half as they resumed with four unanswered points through Ciaran Lyng, free, Brosnan, two frees, and PJ Banville to lead 1-16 to 1-5 after 42 minutes. Wexford’s second goal arrived in the 62nd minute when Banville shot low to the left hand corner of the net, while on 70 minutes, Lyng had a penalty saved by Matthew O’Donnell.

Wexford scorers: B Brosnan 0-7 (4f), P J Banville 1-4, R Barry 1-2, C Lyng 0-4 (3f), A Doyle, C Morris, A Shore 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Achenson 1-0, B Grogan 0-4f,T Ryan, P Austin, M Quinlivan, S Carey 0-1 each.

WEXFORD: A Masterson; R Tierney, G Molloy, A Doyle; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; A Shore, D Waters; C Morris, E Bradley, B Brosnan; C Lyng, R Barry, P J Banville.

Subs: P Byrne for Bradley (ht), C Cartyfor Morris; R Quinlivan for Shore (68); S Culleton for Brosnan (68); S Roche for Banville (70).

TIPPERARY: M O’Donnell; R Costigan, P Codd, C McDonald; A Morrissey, T Ryan, L Egan; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coughlan, P Austin, P Acheson; C Sweeney, B Grogan, M Quinlivan.

Subs: R Kiely for Coughlan (ht), G Hannigan for E Ryan (ht), S Carey for Sweeney (49), D Leahy for Egan (55), L McGrath for Costigan (58).

Referee: B O’Shea (Dublin)


Brosnan takes plaudits as Wexford run riot

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Wexford 2-20 Tipperary 1-8

WEXFORD played with the greater intensity as they handed Tipperary a 15-point mauling in this one-sided encounter at Wexford Park. But this game was dominated by a card-happy referee Brian O’Shea who issued 14 yellow cards and sent Wexford’s Paddy Byrne to the line with a straight red on 60 minutes for a high-elbow tackle. David Murphy followed him after a second yellow three minutes later, despite a game of no real incident.

Wexford dominated the game to lead 1-12 to 1-5 at the interval, although they trailed 1-1 to 0-1 after just five minutes, with Peter Acheson goaling for the visitors after just four minutes. The hosts quickly led 1-16 to 1-5 after 42 minutes and their second goal arrived in the 62nd minute courtesy of PJ Banville. Tipp’s Matthew O’Donnell saved Ciaran Lyng’s late penalty but it was demoralising for the Premier County who are still seeking their first victory of the campaign.

Man of the Match: Ben Brosnan (Wexford).

Scorers — Wexford: B Brosnan 0-7 (4f), P J Banville 1-4, R Barry 1-2, C Lyng 0-4 (3f), A Doyle, C Morris, A Shore 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Achenson 1-0, B Grogan 0-4f, T Ryan, P Austin, M Quinlivan, S Carey 0-1 each.

Wexford — A Masterson 7; R Tierney 6, G Molloy 7, A Doyle 6; B Malone 7, D Murphy 7, A Flynn 7; A Shore 6, D Waters 7; C Morris 6, E Bradley 6, B Brosnan 9; C Lyng 7, R Barry 8, PJ Banville 8. Subs: P Byrne 5 for Bradley (h-t), C Carty 6for Morris; R Quinlivan for Shore (68); S Culleton for Brosnan (68); S Roche for Banville (70).

Tipperary — M O’Donnell 7; R Costigan 6, P Codd 6, C McDonald 6; A Morrissey 7, T Ryan 6, L Egan 6; B Jones 7, E Ryan 6; H Coughlan 6, P Austin 7, P Acheson 6; C Sweeney 6, B Grogan 6, M Quinlivan 7. Subs: R Kiely for Coughlan (h-t), G Hannigan for E Ryan (h-t), S Carey for Sweeney ( 49), D Leahy for Egan (55), L McGrath for Costigan (58).

Ref — B O’Shea (Dublin)

Corn Uí Mhuirí Senior A Football Final – P.S.Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 DLS Macroom 0-8

Glory at last for Corca Dhuibhne

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10 De La Salle (Macroom) 0-08

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

They have lived in the shadows of other Kerry football schools in previous seasons, but yesterday was a golden afternoon for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne as they claimed their first Corn Uí Mhuirí title. The Dingle based school atoned for their final defeat by Coláiste Chríost Rí 12 months ago with a formidable first-half display, backed by a fierce breeze, which laid the foundations for their ultimate triumph. De La Salle (Macroom) fought back strongly in the second-half and were only three points adrift with six minutes remaining. But Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne closed out the game impressively as they struck 1-2 without reply. Shane Ó hUallacháin’s late goal copperfastened their victory and consigned De La Salle to a second final loss in three years.

“It’s a massive win for the school,” enthused Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne manager John Flannery. “We are now preparing for an All-Ireland semi-final and when I was in school my group never actually got to that stage. There were a few B All-Irelands alright and the next step was to try and win a Corn Uí Mhuirí. We have been trying hard to win this for almost 10 years. It’s a huge achievement and we are delighted.” Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne warmed to their task from the start and settled into a style of flowing football. That was reflected in the four points they chalked up without reply in the opening seven minutes as Dara Ó Sé, Jack Ó Súilleabháin, Shane Ó hUallacháin and Tomás Ó Ciobháin scored classy points.

With Pádraig Ó Sé orchestrating play from his centre-back berth, feeding his attack with assured passes, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne were in a strong position. The control exerted by Barra Ó Súilleabháin and particularly Éanna Ó Conchúir at midfield was also instrumental to their dominance.

De La Salle battled away and were rewarded by a pair of great points from captain Daniel Twomey which helped calm their challenge. By the 16th minute they were only trailing by 0-4 to 0-2, but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne resumed control before the interval with Brian Ó Raoill crashing the ball to the net in the 18th minute after Éanna Ó Conchúir palmed down a high cross by Tomás Ó Ciobháin. The impetus from that strike was maintained courtesy of sublime points from Ó Ciobháin and Jack Ó Súilleabháin, and while Cathal Vaughan burst forward to fire over off his left, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne headed for the dressing-rooms at half-time in buoyant fashion with a 1-7 to 0-3 lead.

De La Salle’s task was extremely difficult as they faced into the second-half. But they approached it an admirable manner. Full-back Darren Kelly anchored their challenge superbly, centre-back Sean O’Leary began to make several incisive runs forward, while Vaughan and Peter Kelleher began to get their hands on primary possession around the middle third.

The comeback was initiated by John Murphy, who fisted over a neat point, then James Moynihan lofted over from the wing and Kelly capped a brilliant run forward with a stunning point from distance. When Pa Lucey curled over a free in the 44th minute, De La Salle were behind 1-7 to 0-7 with a quarter of an hour still to play. But errant shooting cost De La Salle as they attempted to make further inroads into Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne’s advantage. Despite having the wind at their backs, they only managed to notch one point in the last quarter. That was largely down to the improved defending of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne with Tomás Ó Súilleabháin and Pádraig Ó Sé helping soak up the pressure to ensure Gavin Ó Curráin’s goal was never threatened.

They managed to successfully break out of defence in the closing stages with a superb run by substitute Tomás Ó Sé in the 59th minute paving the way for Ó hUallacháin to finish expertly to the net. That was the clinching score and ensured Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne become the fifth Kerry school to inscribe their name on the Corn Uí Mhuirí roll of honour.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: S Ó hUallacháin 1-1, D Ó Sé 0-4 (3fs), B Ó Raoill 1-0, T Ó Ciobháin, J Ó Súilleabháin 0-2 each, T Ó Súilleabháin 0-1.

Scorers for De La Salle (Macroom): D Twomey 0-2, C Vaughan, J Murphy, J Moynihan, D Kelly, P Lucey (f), P Kelleher 0-1 each.

PS CHORCA DHUIBHNE: G Ó Curráin (Dingle); P Ó Conchúir (Dingle), C Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle); P Ó Dubháin (Dingle), P Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), M Ó Flatharta (Dingle); B Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle), E Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht); B Ó Raoill (Lispole), D Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), J Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle); S Ó hUallacháin (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Ciobháin (Lispole), M Ó Flannúra (Dingle).

Subs: T Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) for B Ó Súilleabháin (41), C Ó Bambaire (Dingle) for Ó Flannúra (60), M S Ó Grifin (Lispole) for Ó hUallacháin (60), D Ó Súilleabháin (Lispole) for Ó Raoill (60).

DE LA SALLE (MACROOM): D Dineen (Macroom); S Kelleher (Aghinagh), D Kelly (Macroom), K Manning (Iveleary); S O’Sullivan (Aghabullogue), S O’Leary (Iveleary), F Buck (Kilmichael); P Kelleher (Kilmichael), C Vaughan (Iveleary); P Berhanu (Kilmurry), J Moynihan (Canovee), P Lucey (Macroom); J Murphy (Macroom), D Twomey (Kilmichael), D Horgan (Macroom).

Subs: B O’Leary (Iveleary) for Berhanu (38).

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

Senior All-Ireland Colleges Hurling ‘B’ Semi-Final – Doon CBS v St.Mary’s College, Belfast

St.Mary’s College, Belfast defeated Doon CBS in the Senior All-Ireland Colleges Hurling ‘B’ Semi-Final on Saturday at the DCU Sportsgrounds, Dublin.

Junior All-Ireland Vocational Schools Hurling Final – St Bridget’s Loughrea (Galway) 1-13 Causeway CS (Kerry) 0-07

St Bridget’s power past Causeway

St Bridget’s Loughrea (Galway) 1-13 Causeway CS (Kerry)0-07

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Bridget’s Loughrea carried too much firepower for their Kerry opponents in Saturday’s entertaining All-Ireland Vocational Schools JAHC final at Bruff. Loughrea led from the 12th minute when midfielder Jacques Chahin edged them ahead after Jamie Monaghan and Jack Goulding swapped points.

For the rest of the contest, Loughrea took command due to the midfield dominance of Éanna Burke and Chahin and with classy full-forward Brian Molloy impressive from placed balls they led 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval. A Jarlath Mannion goal in the 36th minute followed by two quick points pushed Loughrea 10 points clear, and there was no way back for Causeway despite the best efforts of Daniel O’Carroll, Paudie O’Connor and Philip Lucid.

Scorers for St Bridget’s Loughrea: B Molloy 0-5 (0-4 frees), J Mannion 1-2, J Monaghan 0-2, E Burke, J Chahin, J Conroy and D Nevin 0-1 each.

Scorers for Causeway CS: P Lucid 0-4 (all frees), D Carroll 0-2 (0-1 free), J Goulding 0-1.

ST BRIDGET’S LOUGHREA: D Mottram, J Mooney, G McHugo, D Cronin, F Burke, C Jennings, T Molloy, E Burke, J Chahin, J Conroy, D Mangan, J Monaghan D Nevin, B Molloy, J Mannion.

Subs: D Coen for J Chahin (58), L Kelly for D Nevin (58).

CAUSEWAY CS: B Dunne, J Barrett, K O’Halloran, P O’Connor, J Hussey, T Brosnan, J Buckley, P O’Carroll, M Stackpoole, I Lawlor, D O’Carroll, M Lynch, J Goulding P Lucid, B Barrett.

Subs: J Diggins for M Stackpoole (h/t).

Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)